Another Sawatch hike
This was my 7th climb of Elbert. Standard route. Although we had snow, there was little coverage for this late in the year.
This was my first time climbing Mount Elbert. It was from the old trailhead that shared parking with Mount Massive. Most of my climbs of Elbert have been on this standard route. Although on one climb we approached from the Independence Pass road and went over South Elbert and on the return Bull Hill.
Did this the first weekend I moved to Colorado. Lots of snow and had the summit to myself.
I had great time up there by myself. Wicked bad snow storm on the way down! Awesome mountains of ours!
Summited via standard East Ridge route. Wife and I were the #2 and #3 people on the summit. Within 45 minutes, there were no fewer than 30 people and 6-8 dogs on top. Glad we started early!
I climbed it the snow, not another person on the peak. good times.
2nd 14er. Again climbed with my neighbor, friend and guide Scott Arnett. My memories of this climb are having Scott yell up to me saying " Slow down you goat" as I left the trail at about 12,500 feet and went straight up to the summit through boulders and snow fields. I felt very strong. After an enjoyable hour and a half on the summit mother nature let us know it was time to retreat by dumping a large amount of snow on us turning it into a white out within about 20 minutes.
1 day summit
Great Climb. Deep snow last 500ft.
First time back in the 14er groove since July. Great friends and great times in the mountains though. The weather was beautiful. Blue bird skies and nice and warm. Fall is definately the best time of year to get up Elbert!
Elbert was the first 14er I did solo or without my faithful companion, Odin, my Golden Retriever who joined me for 17 14er summits. It felt strange hiking without him.
Stopped short at 13650 ft. 1/2 mile below summit due to hiking solo and snow on trail at 11:30 AM. Felt fine, but better safe than sorry. Will have to come back and do it again next year.
This was my first time to any kind of elevation. Went from RI to Leadville the day before.
Started at 5:00 am from the TH. Easy hike all the way up to the snow covered summit. Got to the top just on time. It started thundering 15 minutes after I reached back timberline.
Mount Elbert (4,399 m/14,433 ft).
My 1st HP.!
I climbed this with my Boy Scout Troop from Lakewood. Didn't feel good all day and ended up throwing up on the way down. It was like a highway all day going up and down, but a very nice route. Extremely easy.
This was my first 14er. Hiked it with my brother using the South Mt Elbert trail. It was a fun hike, but had a lot of vertical.
I highly recommend this hike. The weather, as I anticipated, was unpredictable. I wanted to start pre-dawn, to possibly see the sunrise from the summit, but lightning storms lit up the night sky like a laser show (so I waited until dawn to begin). In between periods of beautiful blue sky & sun, I encountered several rain drizzles & three hailstorms before reaching the summit... which then had a new weather system to greet me with approximate 20-30 MPH winds. Great scenery all along the North Elbert Trail, especially along the Northeast Ridge.
Had a spectacular hike up via the North trail while acclimating for the Leadville - Mosquito Marathon. We were greeted by three Army Blackhawk helicopters near the summit. Quite the strange spectacle!